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Immortal [Blu-ray] (2004)

Thomas Kretschmann , Frederic Pierrot , Enki Bilal  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Thomas Kretschmann, Frederic Pierrot, Thomas M. Pollard, Charlotte Rampling, Yann Collette
  • Directors: Enki Bilal
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: FIRST LOOK PICTURES
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DM3Q2I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,951 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Immortal [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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New York City, year 2095. A floating pyramid has emerged in the skies above Manhattan, inhabited by ancient Egyptian Gods. They have cast judgement down upon Horus (a falcon headed god), one of their own. With only seven days to preserve his immortality, he must find a human host body to inhabit, and search for a mate. In the city below, a beatiful young woman, Jill, with blue hair, blue tears and a power even unknown to her, wanders the city in search of her identity aided by a doctor who is fascinated by this mystery of nature. Reality in this world has a whole new meaning as bodies, voices and memories converge with Gods, mutants, mortals and extra terrestrials. Stunning visual effects meld with the poetic surrealism of comic-book creator Enki Bilal's fantastic epic story. A ground-breaking step into the future of film-making.

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139 of 157 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 STARS) French Sci-Fi Film from a Visual Genius June 22, 2005
Format:DVD
Let me tell you about the director first. Enki Bilal, born in Yugoslavia, moved to France when he was 10, and has become one of the most influential comic book artist in France since around 1980. His works include 'Nikopol Trilogy,' and this French film 'Immortal' (his third entry as film director) is based on the first two books of the series.

I said this because the merit of 'Immortal' lies all in its visual imaginations. The film's story with many characters is very confusing, revealing its origin. The film is visually interesting for it was shot against the background of green-colored screen, on which the buildings or the landscapes of the city is digitally painted. The method is similar to that of 'Sky Captain', but the effects are quite different as I explain later.

[THE STORY] is complicated, and the film refuses to explain some part of it. 'Immortal' is set in the year of 2095, NEw York City, where cars are flying between the skyscrapers, but one strange thing is floating on the air -- that's a pyramid, out of which a naked man with a bird's head emerges. His name is Horus, a convicted deity who is given seven days to do something on Earth, borrowing the body of a convicted human Nikopol.

The nature of the crime of Nikopol (played by Thomas Kretschmann, 'The Pianist') is only vaguely suggested, but anyway Horus possesses his body, and controls him as he wishes. Then, his purpose will be clear when Nikopol/Horus approaches to a mysterious woman Jill (former Miss France Linda Hardy), whose skin is all white and whose blood is blue.

Kretschmann, Hardy, and Charlotte Rampling (as Jill's doctor) appear as live-action actors while most of the other characters are created with CGIs by a French studio.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh When The Gods Go Marching In! April 4, 2006
Format:DVD
As a teenager I was very fond of comics, later my passion declined but I still pick up some classics as Harold Foster's "Prince Valiant", Hugo Pratt's "Corto Maltes" or the Argentinean Hector Oesterheld "El Eternauta" and enjoy them. So I'm not immune to this kind of products.
Some years ago I've seen part of Enki Bilal's "Nikopol trilogy" and was seduced by it's depurate drawing, soft colors and strange characters.
Still I bought this DVD without realizing it was based on that story. Just thinking it was a sci-fi flick.

I was gratefully surprised when recognized Bilal's iconography transported unchanged to the big screen.
The mix of live actors with animated characters gives the movie an enjoyable "special taste". I recon I'm not very exigent as to the quality of CG animation and techno-boost fireworks. I simply enjoy the visuals as they are.

The story is no simple, but usually movies derivate from comic books aren't.
In year 2095 a strange pyramid is stationed over NYC. From there Horus (an Egyptian god) emerges in search of a human body to possess. Unfortunately the unwilling host of this godly presence, if incompatible, is doom to death.
After some failures Horus is finally able to find his "receptor". At that moment the second divine quest starts. Possessed Nikopol is forced to find and seduce mysterious Jill Bioskop.
From here on cops, monsters, tycoons, politicians, aliens, cyborgs and the rest romp frantically chasing each other in earnest!

Charlotte Rampling as Dr. Turner is accurate and as gorgeous as she was at "Zardoz" (1974).
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding visual experience July 23, 2005
Format:DVD
Bilal is best known as a comic artist. I've liked his work visually: he tends towards a restrained and idiosyncratic palette of colors, but uses strong color where it makes a point. He makes each character stand out, and counts more on visual impact than physical credibility for bringing his worlds to life. I've always found uncertain narrative development in Bilal's stories, but with visuals that keep me going to the end.

That's what this movie was like: visually powerful, but baffling as a story. Ancient Egyptian gods come to Earth, in a massive pyramid poised over a major city. The city takes surprisingly little notice, until an exiled god seeks a human host body, then seeks a human female. OK, it's enough to carry the movie, but nothing spectacular. It's all the characters that make it work as an experience for the eyes, with their distortions, exaggerations, and unique visual style.

That style is carried in an alternation of live action sequences (with CG effects, of course), and animation on a par with Final Fantasy. The alternation wasn't quite seamless, but wasn't quite blatant enough to act as a narrative tool - I hope his future films make better use of each medium's strengths. The general styling stuck close to the subdued colors of Bilal's comics, even a restrained blue for the skin tones of the Jill, the female lead. Color dominates only in the final scene, richly enforcing the "new day dawning" theme.

"Immortal" is a remarkable crossover for a well-known comic artist, apparently adapted from his "Nikopol Trilogy" of DC comics. It's an exciting effort, and enough to keep me eager for more.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Great SIX for the time and an out of this world story.
Published 15 days ago by SHAWN MUSTON
1.0 out of 5 stars the CGI effects/animation is so poor I couldn't stand to watch (if you...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I saw this movie a few years ago and really liked it.. Glad I found it. Thank you very much
Published 3 months ago by J. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars So awesome
This is the best movie I have ever seen in my life. I just cant believe that there is not more of these movies with this kind of story line for people who love science... Read more
Published 3 months ago by TheEdge
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful but odd film
The story is strange and not entirely coherent but the images are hauntingly lovely. It uses cgi tech that seems to be a bit out dated but works well nevertheless and the film has... Read more
Published 4 months ago by this(ladies and germs), is my pen name .Pretty cool eh?
4.0 out of 5 stars I saw this movie a long time ago and thought it was good!
I like weird...I like sci-fi, adventure, fantasy, most scary. Anything like that, I find interesting. I would recommend this to anyone.
Published 4 months ago by Georgia Brehan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant science fiction within a fantastical world
I have lost track of how many times I've watched this film. Every aspect about it feels rich in thought and visualization. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
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